This voyage, manned by astronauts Frank Borman, James A. Lovell, and William A. Anders, was man's first to another celestial body, and included an orbit around the Moon on Christmas Day, 1968. Also featured on this episode are air-to-ground tapes of the astronauts' descriptions of the mission, as well as onboard photography of the Earth, Moon and intravehicular activity.
August 21, 2006 Subject:
We Have TLI, LOI, TEI, and EIEIO!
This 1969 film documents the Apollo 8 mission, the first to orbit the moon. The story is well told, giving a fair amount of drama to the proceedings, and adding interesting little details, like the fact that the astronauts got to have turkey TV dinners for their Christmas meal, while the mission control staff ate burgers and chips at their desks. This mission would be overshadowed by Apollo 11, so itâs interesting to see it get its due as an amazing feat in itself.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: **. Weirdness: **. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ***.